National Maritime Museum
Bremerhaven, Germany

The German National Maritime Museum designed by Hans Scharoun, was founded in the German port of Bremerhaven in 1971 as a replacement for the Museum of Marine Science in Berlin, which had been destroyed during World War II.

The three new buildings form a composition with the existing listed buildings and are connected with a timber board-walk. The new entrance pavilion is entered by wide stone ramps that descend like slipways into the building, connecting all elements of the Museum and leading directly to the water's edge in the dock.

Architectonic references to the form, scale and materiality of a boatyard are both conscious and overt making a new physical and conceptual link between the existing structures and the maritime tradition inherent within the site.

Invited Competition 2008

Honourable Mention


















The architectural parti focused on re-connecting the existing Museum to the water and to the historic boats collection